• 1 Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
ASM Science Journal, 2018;11(101):56-67.


Corrosion is a natural deterioration process that destructs metal surface. Metal of highly
protected by passivation layer such as Stainless Steel 316L also undergoes pitting corrosion
when continuously exposed to aggressive environment. To overcome this phenomenon, application
of epoxy based coating with addition of zinc oxide- poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)
doped with poly (styrene sulphonate) hybrid nanocomposite additive was introduced as
paint/metal surface coating. The compatibility between these two materials as additive
was studied by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray Diffraction (XRD),
Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy-Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (FESEM/EDX)
and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) analysis. The effect of nanocomposite
wt.% in epoxy based coating with immersion duration in real environment on corrosion
protection performance was analyzed through potentiodynamic polarization analysis. The
main finding showed that addition of hybrid nanocomposite had increased corrosion protection
yet enhanced corrosion process when excess additives was loaded into epoxy coating.
Addition of 2 wt.% ZnO-PEDOT:PSS was found significantly provided optimum corrosion
protection to stainless steel 316L as the corrosion rate for 0 day, 15 days and 30 days of
immersion duration is 0.0022 mm/yr, 0.0004 mm/yr and 0.0015 mm/yr; respectively.